“All fuel powered engines produce CO gas,” explains AAPCC Board Member Edward P. Krenzelok, PharmD, director of the Pittsburgh Poison Center. “Although such devices are safe if used correctly, a malfunction or improper ventilation can make these common household appliances deadly.”
AAPCC offers some tips to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Inspect and adjust all combustion appliances and especially your furnace before every heating season.
- Inspect your chimney, fireplace, wood stoves and flues before every heating season.
- Repair chimneys and flues as needed.
- Do not use charcoal grills indoors for cooking or heating.
- Do not use your oven to heat your home.
- Do not leave your car’s engine running in an enclosed or attached garage, even if the door is open.
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm outside of every sleeping area in your home.